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Posted on: June 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] How to minimize the risk of damage from high winds and flying debris during storms

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Lee County Solid Waste encourages residents to follow these simple tips to minimize the risk of damage from high winds and flying debris during storms:

  • Trim trees and branches: Cut back any trees or branches that make contact with your house, pool cage, shed or other buildings. This creates a safe distance, preventing potential damage during severe weather.
  • Thin foliage: Improve wind flow and reduce the chances of plants becoming uprooted by thinning the foliage in your yard. This step allows wind to freely pass through branches, minimizing the risk of damage to your property and nearby structures.
  • Proper yard waste disposal: Place trimmings at the curb on your regular collection day. Containerize or securely tie bundles of yard waste, ensuring they weigh no more than 50 pounds and do not exceed 6 feet in length. Up to 50 pounds of unbundled palm fronds may be placed at the curb. 
  • Remove potential projectiles: Prioritize safety by thoroughly cleaning your property and removing any items that could become projectiles in high winds. Place these objects at the curb on your regular waste collection day for proper disposal or storage.

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